Stewart Deluxe Wallscreen Fixed Frame Screen Review – Summary

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The photo above shows the Stewart Deluxe Wallscreen installed in my home theater.  The displayed image is from the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release of the movie “Lucy”.

The Stewart Deluxe Wallscreen is offered in a range of standard sizes and aspect ratios as well as in custom sizes and aspect ratios, as specified by the customer.  Stewart offers a wide range of surface materials (fabrics) that can be used with this fixed frame screen, including the SnoMatte 100 fabric used for this review.  The frame is made from 3.25 inch wide extruded aluminum that is covered (on the front and edges) with a effective light absorbing black material that Stewart calls Velux.  The assembled frame if very rigid and a wide range of mounting options are offered.

The SnoMatte 100 screen material is matte white with a gain of 1.0 (i.e., unity gain).  This material is essentially the same at the Stewart’s StudioTek 100 fabric.  The Snomatte 100 material produces a reference quality picture when used along with a high quality projector having adequate light output and when used in a home theater environment with full control over ambient lighting.

Stewart advertises the SnoMatte 100 screen material as supporting “16K+” and this material’s superb surface smoothness would surely support high resolution images well beyond what’s possible with today’s 4K  projectors.

The quality that Stewart packs into the Deluxe Wallscreen does come at a price.  In the case of the reviewed unit, the cost of the screen would have been a little over $3500, including the shipping cost from California to Florida.  Is it worth the cost,  that is something you will need to decide for yourself.  However, it you are building, or upgrading, your fully light controlled home theater and will be using a high quality projector, then the Stewart Deluxe Wallscreen outfitted with Stewart’s SnoMatte 100 (or Sudiotek 100) screen material is certainly worth your serious consideration.

As is the case when selecting any new screen, the screen size and gain must be considered along with the projector’s actual light output in order to insure the resulting image will be adequately bright.  Since the SnoMatte 100 screen material has a gain of 1.0 that means you will want to pair it with a fairly bright projector (e.g., 1000 or more actual lumens) for a screen size similar to the fairly large ‘scope’ screen used for this review.  Of course, smaller screen sizes can be used with projectors having lower lumens of light output while still producing adequately bright images.  If you are using one of the recent 4K (or pseudo 4K) projectors that support High Dynamic Range (HDR), then achieving a relatively high brightness for the image peak highlights becomes important and in that case either a projector with really high light output and/or a screen with fairly high gain may be called for to get the maximum benefit offered by the HDR technology.  In that case one of Stewart’s higher gain screen surface materials might be a better choice depending on the screen size and the specific projector’s light output.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is the Stewart Deluxe Wallscreen equipped with the SnoMatte 100 screen material can provide a truly reference quality image when used with a high quality projector and in a well designed home theater.  The ability to order custom sizes and any one of variety of mounting options makes the Stewart Deluxe Wallscreen well suited for use in just about any home theater situation where a fixed frame screen is called for.

Pros

  • Custom sizes and aspect ratios available
  • Frame is very rigid and holds the screen fabric taunt for a very flat surface
  • Many mounting options available
  • Relatively easy to assemble
  • A wide range of screen surface materials are available for use with the Deluxe Wallscreeen, in addition to the SnoMatte 100 surface material reviewed here
  • SnoMatte 100 surface material is ultra-smooth and is capable of producing a reference quality image free of any visible texture or sparkles
  • SnoMatte 100 surface is very color neutral (ie., does not introduce a visible color shift, as seen with same other screen materials)
  • Snomatte 100 surface offers excellent brightness uniformity with no hot spotting
  • THX and ISF certified
  • Capable of supporting images with resolutions well above what’s possible with today’s 4K Ultra HD projector (i.e., as future proof as a screen can be to accommodate future higher resolution projection sources)

Cons

  • As a unity gain matte white screen, the SnoMatte screen material is only suitable for situations where room lighting can be fully controlled, such as in a well designed dedicated home theater
  • Maximum available image brightness will be lower than with a higher gain screen surface materials, but other aspects of image quality may suffer as compared to the SnoMatte 100 screen material reviewed here.
  • A higher gain surface material may be called for if used in conjunction with a 4K/UHD projector supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), depending on the projector’s light output and the screen size

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